Thursday, April 11, 2013
I know I should not be surprised, but I am, but the near-silence in major-media outlets about the Kermit Gosnell trial. The unwillingess to report on this story -- an unwillingness that, it is most reasonable to conclude, reflects the reporters' decision that it would be unhelpful to the cause of expanding abortion rights -- is, like the facts of the case, disgusting. A bit, from the International Business Times:
Horrific testimony in the trial over the last couple of weeks has revealed tales of the abortionist and his workers at Gosnell's Women's Medical Society clinic allegedly snipping fetuses' spines with scissors to "ensure fetal demise," jars of terminated fetuses' feet that Gosnell allegedly kept at the clinic, and a baby "screeching ... like a little alien" during a so-called live-birth abortion procedure allegedly performed at the clinic.
"Screeching like a little alien." Lord have mercy.
NOTE: Kirsten Powers' USA Today column is a welcome exception:
Let me state the obvious. This should be front page news. When Rush Limbaugh attacked Sandra Fluke, there was non-stop media hysteria. The venerable NBC Nightly News' Brian Williams intoned, "A firestorm of outrage from women after a crude tirade from Rush Limbaugh," as he teased a segment on the brouhaha. Yet, accusations of babies having their heads severed — a major human rights story if there ever was one — doesn't make the cut.
You don't have to oppose abortion rights to find late-term abortion abhorrent or to find the Gosnell trial eminently newsworthy. This is not about being "pro-choice" or "pro-life." It's about basic human rights.
The deafening silence of too much of the media, once a force for justice in America, is a disgrace.